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Ball State’s Department of Theatre and Dance offers eight diverse degree options that develop and nurture each student's creativity, curiosity, and collaborative skills. We inspire our students to be thinkers, responsible citizens, and motivated theatre artists who will make a difference in creating the next generation’s voice.

Our undergraduate-only program, low student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on advising and mentoring from a faculty of working professionals, and distinguished guest artists in all disciplines allow for the personal development of each artist as an individual.

Our Degrees


Ball State University is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and National Association of Schools of Dance.

Bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees are highly intensive professional degrees with 85 or more hours in the major area of study. Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science (BA/BS) degrees are still heavily focused on a particular area of theatre but have between 50 and 67 hours in the major, allowing you to add a minor or even double major.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees

We offer bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees in:

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degrees

We offer bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degrees in:

Showcases, Festivals, and Workshops

Every year we produce multiple events that give our students the chance to share their work with professionals and learn from working professionals from around the country. We host showcases in New York and Chicago, a Los Angeles Experience, the Discovery Festival for new plays and musical works, Playwriting Week, and Theatre Education Week. Learn more.


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The Department of Theatre and Dance houses multiple performance venues, rehearsal spaces, design labs, and production shops, all designed to give you a real-world training environment.

From our 410-seat, mainstage University Theatre to small, Cave laboratory theatre used for more experimental performances and classes, you will have access to a variety of venues to perform, rehearse, and learn. See our facilities.

Mission Statement

The Department of Theatre and Dance fosters compassionate, inclusive, and empathetic human beings. We challenge our students to become exceptional artists through the exploration of the dynamic relationship between art and the human experience.

To fulfill our mission, we are guided by seven Core Values, which reflect the student’s journey within our department.

Character: We practice deliberate and active empathy, kindness, and respect.
Inclusivity: We pursue radical inclusion of all voices, backgrounds, and perspectives, especially those marginalized by history.
Collaboration: We foster an environment of collaboration in all things artistic, academic, and interpersonal. 
Critical Thinking: We emphasize a broad-minded liberal-arts mentality and the connection of ideas across disciplines and experiences.
Empowerment: We equip our students with a spirit of self-direction and independent vision for their art and their lives.
Innovation: We inspire our students to break new ground in their artistic and educational journeys.
Professional Excellence: We instill in our students the work ethic and discipline-specific skills, experiences, and connections necessary to succeed in the professional world.

Community Partnerships

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a number of formal partnerships with community organizations that students may pursue for course credit as applicable:

Muncie Civic Theatre reserves one directing slot per year in its Studio Series for a directing student capstone project.

Theatre Education students can earn independent study credit by working in Burris Laboratory School's Drama Program, which is run entirely by the Theatre Education Option.

Theatre 100 students have the opportunity to earn class credit by doing community service through Ball State's Student Voluntary Services.

A partnership between the School of Music, the Department of Theatre and Dance (headed by the Theatre Education Option), Interlock: The East Central Indiana Autism Society of America, and Sibshops (The Sibling Support Project) created the nationally recognized Ball State Prism Project. This project is a program that utilizes the performing arts as a medium to explore and develop social skills for children ages 6-14 who are challenged with special needs.